Research Fellow Position in 3D Interfacial Instabilities

The Micro & Nano Flows Group at the University of Warwick are seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Fellow to develop new computational modelling tools that will enable a step change in our understanding of 3D interfacial instabilities, for which no theory currently exists, that plague a range of manufacturing processes.

This international and interdisciplinary project will focus on understanding what governs the maximum speed at which liquids spread across (or ‘wet’) solid surfaces. The result of exceeding this threshold is routinely observed, causing raindrops to splash upon impact with a windscreen, and it is the bottleneck to achieving faster liquid-applied coatings (a~$100 billion industry), e.g. for the manufacture of solar cells. This project will explore this phenomenon by building upon recent advances in computational modelling and exploiting a synergy with cutting-edge experimental analysis performed by our partners.

This work forms part of a large-scale international project Dynamic Wetting & Interfacial Transitions in Three Dimensions: Theory vs Experiment, funded by the EPSRC (UK) and CBET (US). The Research Fellow will have the opportunity to interact with world-leading experimental analysis being conducted on coating flows in Satish Kumar’s group in Minnesota and drop dynamics in Alfonso Castrejón-Pita’s team at Oxford as well as with industrial partners that include multi-national 3M, famous for Post-it and Scotchguard, and TriJet, a leading consultancy firm on emerging drop-based technologies.

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